Aggregated news from Birmingham's leading news sources.
Wenonah girls, Parker boys basketball teams to celebrate 5A championships with a parade today
Birmingham will celebrate having both the girls and boys' 5A state basketball championship in Birmingham City Schools with a parade through downtown Birmingham at noon Tuesday.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -
Birmingham will celebrate having both the girls and boys' 5A state basketball
championship in Birmingham City Schools with a parade through downtown
Birmingham at noon Tuesday.
On March 1, Parker
High School's boys beat city...
Birmingham News/AL.com at Tuesday, March 11, 2014 8:28:54 AM
Job vacancies cost companies money
A recent report found that a company loses more than $14,000 for every job that stays vacant for three months or longer. But employers say they are stuck because they can’t find qualified people to hire.
The study, done for CareerBuilder, reported that 60 percent of employers are concerned about the costs associated with delays in filling open positions, with one in four stating they have experienced losses in revenue as a result.
CareerBuilder said employers also said leaving spots open...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, March 11, 2014 8:16:00 AM
Visa, MasterCard forming payment security group
Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. are working together to create a payment security group that will aim to speed adoption of technology that will improve credit and debit card security.
The move follows several high-profile data breaches including those at retailers Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) and Neiman Marcus.
Visa (NYSE: V) and MasterCard (NYSE: MA) announced plans for the new group late last week, saying it will include banks, credit unions, retailers and makers of payment terminals.
It ...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, March 11, 2014 8:15:00 AM
Sprint interested in acquiring T-Mobile
The parent company of Sprint Corp. is looking to acquire T-Mobile Inc., according to a Reuters report.
Masayoshi Son, CEO of SoftBank Corp., the Japanese company that owns Sprint, said the company is trying to buy the wireless company, even though the deal was not popular with the Federal Communications Commission when it was brought up in February. SoftBank Corp. acquired Sprint in 2013, and turned its attention to T-Mobile earlier this year. The company is now working towards convincing t...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, March 11, 2014 8:14:00 AM
February residential sales outpace January numbers
Residential sales for Birmingham increased in February by 22.8 percent over January sales.
The Alabama Center for Real Estate released its monthly report on residential sales in the metro area this week, noting a 0.5 percent increase over February 2013 and an 11.5 percent increase over the five-year average from 2009-2013.
“Historical data indicates that February sales on average increase from the month of January by 19.9 percent,” the report said.
Birmingham out-performed the five-ye...Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, March 11, 2014 8:12:00 AM
Pelham firefighters' lawsuit against city avoids trial; settlement in works
PELHAM, Alabama -- Parties involved in the class-action lawsuit launched by a group of Pelham firefighters against the municipality concerning unpaid overtime and other compensation avoided a jury trial last week as they work to settle the matter. The lawsuit filed in May 2010 by Pelham firefighters Kenneth Camp, Michael Todd McCarver, Patrick Smith, Stephen Kiel and Randal Bearden...
Pelham City Council President Rick Hayes says a class-action l...Birmingham News/AL.com at Tuesday, March 11, 2014 8:01:54 AM
The diverse groups who mind meld at UAB's Edge of Chaos seek to fix Birmingham's 'wicked problems'
The Edge of Chaos is a unique events space in the Lister Hill Library on the UAB campus where diverse groups of people get together to share ideas and look for solutions to some of Birmingham's toughest problems.
Alabama -- The Edge of Chaos is a unique conference venue and meeting space located
in the Lister Hill Library on the UAB campus.
funded by the UAB School of Public Health , is a place wh...Birmingham News/AL.com at Tuesday, March 11, 2014 8:00:00 AM
Oasis Counseling to host fundraiser today at The Club, seeks to raise money to expand services
Oasis Counseling for Women and Children will hold its annual fundraiser, the "Oasis of Hope Luncheon," at The Club in Birmingham today. The money raised will help the non-profit expand the mental health services it offers.
Alabama -- Oasis Counseling for Women and Children will hold its annual
fundraiser, the "Oasis of Hope Luncheon," at The Club in Birmingham today from 11:30
a.m.-1 p.m., according to a new releas...Birmingham News/AL.com at Tuesday, March 11, 2014 7:37:20 AM
Forecast: Warm, possibly rainy day in Birmingham Tuesday
We could see some rain Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The chance of precipitation today is 40 percent, and showers could come in the early afternoon and continue tonight. But the good news is that it will be in the mid-70s today.
View full size (National Weather Service) BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -
We could see some rain Tuesday, according to the
National Weather Service. The chance of precipitation t...Birmingham News/AL.com at Tuesday, March 11, 2014 5:55:28 AM
Birmingham woman, charged with capital murder in 2012 death of her 4-year-old son, denied bond
Lakita Shameka Swinnie, 22, has been held in the Jefferson County Jail without the possibility of bond since her arrest in November after a grand jury added new charges against her. She was originally charged with aggravated child abuse and allowed free on bond but the grand jury tacked on capital murder, murder, and manslaughter related to the death of her son, Jamarion Swinnie, on Dec. 16, 2012.
Lakita Swinnie (Jefferson ...Birmingham News/AL.com at Tuesday, March 11, 2014 5:30:16 AM
Have hope for missing people on Malaysia Airlines flight (Today in Pictures)
A collection of some of the best pictures from the Associated Press
A girl stands next to a sign board made and written by the public at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia. Vietnamese aircraft spotted what they suspected was one of the doors of the missing Boeing 777 on Sunday, while questions emerged about how two passengers managed to board the ill-fated aircraft using stolen passports.
A man offers prayer...Birmingham News/AL.com at Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:48:18 AM
Alabaster, Pelham approve school calendars for 2014-15 academic year
SHELBY COUNTY, Alabama -- Students at public schools throughout Shelby County will return to classes earlier in the 2014-15 academic year than their start time last fall. School leaders representing Pelham and Alabaster schools at separate meetings tonight approved their upcoming academic-year calendars that closely reflect the schedule passed last month by the Shelby County system. The schedules approved...
Alabama -- S...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 10:50:18 PM
Southwest Airlines forbids pilots from using short runway at Birmingham airport following last year'
Airline's decision was based on aircraft alerts pilots received on approach to Runway 18.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- At least one other airline has discontinued use of the shorter of two runways at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport since last summer's crash of a UPS cargo plane on approach to the airport. Southwest Airlines pilots no longer use Runway 18 to approach the airport, airline spokeswoman Jenna Williamso...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 9:34:19 PM
2 hurt in separate shootings across Birmingham; neither has life-threatening injuries
The first shooting happened in the Elyton Village housing community near Legion Field. The other happened when a man walked to a church int he Kingston area with a gunshot wound.
View full size Birmingham police are investigating after a woman was shot in the leg on Third Street West Monday evening, March 10, 2014. (Jon Reedemail@example.com) BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Within the span
of about half an hour Monday evening, two...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 9:03:00 PM
Battle at the crime scene: Blount County's coroner claims district attorney dictating how he does hi
Blount County Coroner John Mark Vaughn also asks a judge for an order blocking District Attorney Pamela Casey from exerting control over Vaughn or attempting to enforce any of the rules she outlined in a Feb. 10 letter on what he can or can't do at crime scenes.
ONEONTA, Alabama - Blount County's coroner Monday afternoon filed a lawsuit asking a court to decide whether the county's district attorney can dictat...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 8:42:23 PM
Forecast: Warm Tuesday, maybe a chilly Wednesday night coming up in Birmingham
Expect another warm day Tuesday in the Birmingham area, with a chance of rain in the afternoon.
View full size National Weather Service Expect another warm day Tuesday in the Birmingham area, with
a chance of rain in the afternoon, according
to the National Weather Service .
Wednesday night might give you flashbacks of winter, as lows
could dip below freezing with strong, chilly winds. But highs Wednesday should
be ...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 8:00:00 PM
Montevallo's hotel plans could get closer to a check-in time after a conference this month
MONTEVALLO, Alabama -- Proponents of a plan to recruit a hotel operator to open shop in Montevallo are hoping to take a big step forward following a major lodging conference happening in Atlanta this month. Representatives of the area will attend the 26th annual Hunter Hotel Conference at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis on March 26-28. City Councilwoman Dee Woodham...
Alabama -- Proponents of a plan to recruit a hotel operator to open shop...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 7:54:53 PM
No decision yet on Montevallo's possible purchase of Victory Autos building
MONTEVALLO, Alabama -- The Montevallo City Council is awaiting the completion of studies concerning the vacant Victory Autos building on Main Street before making a decision about possibly purchasing the structure as part of a plan for a new City Hall. Mayor Hollie Cost during a work session last month presented her recommendation for the purchase of the building...
Montevallo Mayor Hollie Cost is recommending the municipality purchase the Victor...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 7:34:07 PM
Vestavia Hills City Council: Car tag renewals, Massey Road improvements (map)
The City Council will convene again at 5:00 p.m. tonight in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Center, 513 Montgomery Highway South.
This is a fraction of a long line that snaked out of the Jefferson County Courthouse in downtown Birmingham on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. Vestavia Hills is expected to be the first city to offer car tag renewals to its residents April 1 (The Birmingham News/Tamika Moore) VESTAVIA HILLS...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 5:36:00 PM
Born in Ireland, now a Southern lit fan, UAB English prof Kieran Quinley wins $5,000 Ireland Prize
UAB English professor Kieran Quinlan -- born and raised in Ireland but now a noted scholar of Southern literature -- has won the 2014 Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland Prize for Scholarly Distinction.
UAB English professor Kieran Quinlan (submitted photo). BIRMINGHAM,
Alabama -- UAB English professor Kieran Quinlan -- born and raised in Ireland but
now a noted scholar of Southern literature -- has won the 2014 Carolin...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 4:27:48 PM
Tomorrow is a good day to see a human crawl out of Vulcan's head
If you happen to look towards Red Mountain tomorrow, you might see ropes hanging off Birmingham's iron man. Do not be alarmed - the people rappelling down Vulcan's face are merely giving the 56-foot-tall statue his annual check-up.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -
If you happen to look towards Red Mountain tomorrow, you might see ropes
hanging off Birmingham's iron man. Do not be alarmed - the people rappelling down
Vulcan's face...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 4:22:19 PM
Bessemer police searching for gunman after victim wounded in neck
Rashawn Aaron Hill, 19, is charged with attempted murder in the Sunday shooting.
Rashawn Hill (Bessemer Police) BESSEMER, Alabama - Bessemer police are searching for a man they say shot another man Sunday morning. Rashawn Aaron Hill, 19, is charged with attempted murder, said Bessemer Lt. Darron Hunter. He remains at large. The shooting happened at 11:46 a.m. in the 2500 block of Clarendon Avenue. Police officers near...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 3:59:03 PM
Federal receiver asks Jefferson County for $400,000 to hire five for HR department
This is the first time the commission will consider a funding request from federal receiver Ronald Sims since he filed his $23.5 million budget.
Dr. Ronald Sims BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- A Jefferson County Commission committee will Tuesday consider a request from a court appointed receiver for $400,000 annually to add five employees to the human resources department. Receiver Dr. Ronald Sims is requesting the money for...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 3:57:02 PM
Charge: Machete attack leads to jail for Leeds man Saturday night
SHELBY COUNTY, Alabama -- A Leeds man is in jail on a charge that he attacked someone with a machete near his home on Saturday night. John Thomas Lawler, 65, who lives on Highway 470 in Leeds, faces a charge of second-degree assault for the alleged attack that did not appear to require medical attention for the victim. Shelby...
John Thomas Lawler, 65, of Leeds faces a second-degree assault charge related to a machete attack. (Courtesy / Shelby C...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 3:45:52 PM
Jeffco motorist says gun-wielding man jumped in car, forced him to withdraw money from Hueytown bank
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is investigating the reported robbery, kidnapping.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Alabama - A man said he was kidnapped and robbed on Monday while at a Jefferson County intersection. The incident happened about 1:45 p.m. at the intersection of Shady Grove Road and Alabama 269. The victim, whose name hasn't been released, wasn't injured in the holdup. He told Jefferson County sheriff's deputies a gu...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 3:38:43 PM
Pelham Public Library receives $83,500 grant for financial education programs for children, families
PELHAM, Alabama -- The Pelham Public Library has received an $83,500 grant under a program to provide more financial and investor information as well as money-related educational programs to help children and adults. The grant for the national Smart Investing @ Your Library Program came from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association....
The Pelham Public Library has recei...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 3:26:56 PM
Birmingham councilman proposing resolution asking city to buy, redevelop former Carraway hospital si
Councilman William Parker said he will present a resolution next week officially asking Mayor William Bell to begin negotiations to buy the 53-acre campus.
A lit blue star on the roof for years served as a beacon and symbol of the former Carraway Methodist Medical Center. (The Birmingham News file/Jeff Roberts)
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- After community meetings, private talks and studies, the time is now for the ...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 3:06:33 PM
Poll: Government policy poses biggest challenge to manufacturing growth in 2014
Manufacturers are hoping that 2014 will bring significant traction for the economy, but industry leaders are putting most of the burden of recovery on Washington.
In an IndustryWeek Survey of Manufacturers conducted by the National Association of Manufacturers this week, industries largely cite government policy as potential hinderances for the economy.
Nearly 80 percent polled tabbed unfavorable business climate factors such as taxes, regulation and government uncertainties as the numbe...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, March 10, 2014 2:49:00 PM
Alabama ranks 50th in brain health
A few weeks ago, our cover story looked at the relative lack of brainpower in Birmingham compared to metros around the nation.
Today, a new report says Alabama doesn't fare very well when it comes to brain health.
The state ranked 50th out of 51 states and Washington, D.C., in the report, which measured each state on 21 factors including diet, physical health, mental health and social well-being.
Alabama received poor scores for its low consumption of fish rich in DHA, high incidenc...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, March 10, 2014 2:40:00 PM
Highlands School students reach out to favorite authors as part of 'Letters About Literature' compet
Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year.
From left to right: Lilla Carroll, Mary Catherine Touloupis, Emma Lembke, Liliana Chambless, Grey Battle, and Anja Trierweiler. (Photo courtesy of Highlands Director of Admissions Judy McDonald) MOUNTAIN BROOK, Alabama -- Five fifth grade students and one fourth grade student at Highlands School have been selected as L...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 2:35:00 PM
PreSchool Partners to break ground on 12,000 square-foot facility
PreSchool Partners has been preparing 3 and 4 year-olds for kindergarten for almost 20 years in the Birmingham area.
On Wednesday, the school will break ground on a 12,000 square-foot facility that will allow the education center to expand its operations by 60 percent.
Allene Neighbors, director of development at PreSchool Partners says that by next year the school will move from its current location at Trinity Presbyterian Church to its new home at 4447 Montevallo Road. The project, Ope...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, March 10, 2014 2:33:00 PM
Baptist CEO Parrott will serve on Alabama Hospital Association board
Baptist Health System CEO Keith Parrott has been chosen to serve on the board of directors for the Alabama Hospital Association.
Parrott, who became CEO of Baptist in December, will fill the spot on the AHA board vacated by former Baptist CEO Shane Spees.
"We are very pleased to have Keith join our board," said Alabama Hospital Association President J. Michael Horsley in a statement. "The hospital leaders in the Baptist Health System are an important part of our membership, and we appre...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, March 10, 2014 2:30:00 PM
Alabama credit unions post loan growth in 4Q
Alabama’s federally insured credit unions reported a 5.3 percent increase in total loans in the fourth quarter over the previous year, according to the new data from the National Credit Union Administration.
Credit unions posted $7.9 billion in total loans as of the quarter ending Dec. 31, a $398.9 million boost over the fourth-quarter total loans balance in 2012.
Lending by credit unions in the state grew in several categories:
Used auto loans increased to more than $2.2 billion, up ...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, March 10, 2014 2:03:00 PM
3 questions with the new CEO of Alabama's American Red Cross
You can’t say Mark Beddingfield doesn’t put his blood into his work. The longtime executive at the American Red Cross was recently named CEO of the organization’s Alabama region, where he is tasked with overseeing about 80 paid staff members and 4,700 volunteers and a wide-ranging mission.
Beddingfield, who gives blood every 56 days, was named to the post after leading the organization’s blood services division for several years. He recently spoke with the BBJ for our Executive Profile…
...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, March 10, 2014 2:02:00 PM
Birmingham exec chosen to be fellow for Aspen Institute
The Henry Crown Fellowship for The Aspen Institute brings together 21 leaders from around the world to discuss solutions to "the world’s most intractable problems." And one Birmingham executive is a part of the group.
The 2014 Henry Crown Fellows class includes Nicholas Sellers, vice president of regulatory and corporate affairs at Alabama Power Co.
"As Vice President of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, Nick Sellers is a key leader in one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, Alab...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, March 10, 2014 1:47:00 PM
Vestavia Hills Superintendent announces resignation, School Board seeks public input in search for r
Dr. Jamie Blair's resignation will become effective Oct. 1, 2015.
Vestavia Hills Schools Supt. Jamie Blair has been named Alabama Supt. of the year Thurs., Oct. 21, 2010 in Vestavia Hills, Ala. (The Birmingham News/Bernard Troncale). VESTAVIA HILLS, Alabama -- Vestavia Hills Superintendent Dr. Jamie Blair will retire toward the end of 2015. Blair, who has served the Vestavia Hills City Schools system for 1...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 1:24:00 PM
City mulls $3.5 million partnership on Rotary Trail development
The city of Birmingham is considering more public-private initiatives this week.
According to a report on AL.com, the city will not only be considering a $5.1 million backing of the Pizitz building project, but the council will also mull the possibility of matching the Rotary Club of Birmingham's $3.5 million to create a linear park as part of the Rotary Trail development.
The Rotary Club will reimburse the city for the $3.5 million, according to the report. The money is needed to have ...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, March 10, 2014 1:20:00 PM
Hand Arendall hires five Haskell Slaughter attorneys, prompts office expansion
Hand Arendall LLC has added five new attorneys to its Birmingham office and will beef up its office space to accommodate the growth.
The law firm now has 26 attorneys in its Magic City office, which will soon be expanding into 8,664 square feet of space on the 13th floor of Park Place Tower. Its local office is currently housed on 12th floor of the same building.
“Continued growth in Birmingham and throughout the state is a high priority for our firm at this time,” said Roger Bates, mana...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, March 10, 2014 12:40:00 PM
Former Jefferson County revenue clerk pleads guilty to accepting cash to speed up tag line; two othe
Alisha Cole, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of using her position for personal gain during a hearing before Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Laura Petro. Another count of using her position for personal gain has been nolle prosssed, meaning prosecutors are no longer pursuing the charge. Two other former clerks also had hearings today.
Alisha Cole Jozette Berry Lashonda Smaw BIRMINGHAM,...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 12:37:38 PM
Shelby County replacing road signs to meet federal requirements
SHELBY COUNTY, Alabama -- Shelby County Engineer Randy Cole is heading a multiyear project to replace road and traffic signs on the county's public streets including those in subdivisions and neighborhoods in order to meet federal standards regarding installation, style and reflectivity. Addressing the Shelby County Commission at this morning's meeting in Columbiana, Cole said the project involving the...
Shelby County government is in ...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 12:32:34 PM
Panera Bread in Gardendale holds ribbon cutting ceremony
Panera Bread in Gardendale held a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday morning to celebrate the new café, which opened last week.
Panera Bread in Gardendale held a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday morning. (Sarah A. McCarty/ firstname.lastname@example.org) GARDENDALE , Alabama - Panera
Bread in Gardendale held a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday morning to celebrate the
new bakery-café, which opened last week.
Panera representatives...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 12:06:53 PM
Social media savors the festivities at Exceptional Foundation's 10th annual Chili Cook-Off (photos)
Social media was abuzz as more than 10,000 people tasted chili from 100 teams at the annual chili cook-off.
HOMEWOOD, Alabama -- The festive atmosphere of Sunday's Exceptional Foundation Chili Cook-Off wasn't just confined to Brookwood Village's parking lot. Social media was abuzz as more than 10,000 people tasted chili from 100 teams. The cook-off, presented by Northwestern Mutual of Alabama and sponsored by Regions Bank...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 11:24:08 AM
Victim uses GPS to track stolen trailer carrying $50,000 in contruction equipment
Anthony Sears and Fred Bufford are charged with receiving stolen property.
Fred Bufford (left) and Anthony Sears (right) are charged with receiving stolen property. (Jefferson County Jail) JEFFERSON COUNTY, Alabama - Two men were arrested Sunday after a man used GPS tracking to find his stolen trailer with $50,000 in equipment aboard. Jefferson County sheriff's deputies were called about 11:30 a.m. Sunday to the 200 b...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 11:13:36 AM
Flood Insurance bill passes House with amendments
The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which passed Congress with bipartisan support last week has passed the House with amendments this week.
According to the National Association of Realtors, the amendments go further to “rein in and hold the Federal Emergency Management Agency accountable for the Biggert-Waters implementation issues.”
FEMA will no longer have the authority to hike premium rates at time of sale or new flood map.
It goes further by making the agency refund ...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, March 10, 2014 11:07:00 AM
Vestavia Hills toddler still critical after near drowning in family pool
Brooks Boyles is at Children's of Alabama.
VESTAVIA HILLS, Alabama - A Vestavia Hills toddler remains in critical condition today after he nearly drowned in a swimming pool at his home Sunday afternoon. Brooks Boyles, 20 months, was pulled from the family pool about 2 p.m. in the 2800 block of Vestavia Forest Place. He was not breathing, and didn't have a pulse when rescue workers arrived on the scene, authori...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 10:37:39 AM
Shelby County man: Jailers tossed him in cell with inmate who had killed his great niece
Ronnie Guy Young claims in a lawsuit that he was seriously injured in a March 2012 attack after being intentionally placed in a Shelby County Jail cell with the man who had killed Young's 15-month-old great niece in 2009.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Ronnie Guy Young says in a federal lawsuit that he was seriously injured in a March 2012 attack after being placed in a Shelby County Jail cell with the man who had kil...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 9:10:32 AM
Authorities searching for family of Birmingham man found dead at home
Johnnie Lewis Harris, 60, lived at 212 53rd Street North.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Authorities are trying to locate family members of a man found dead in his home Sunday afternoon. The Jefferson County Coroner's Office identified the man as Johnnie Lewis Harris, a 60-year-old black male. No foul play is suspected in his death. Harris lived at 212 53rd Street North. He was active in his church and church members became concerned wh...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 9:07:11 AM
First signs of Spring emerge (Joe's Outdoor Office photos)
The first signs of Spring are showing up across the area. Daffodils are beginning to bloom, Bradford Pear buds are forming and people are getting out preparing their gardens. Warmer temperatures and warm sunshine have trees budding and flowers beginning to bloom. Turkeys, ducks and squirrels are move about preparing nests and beginning their mating rituals. Birds of all kinds...
The first signs of Spring are showing up across the area. Daffodils are beg...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 8:42:51 AM
For Wenonah High School's 'snow angel,' helping the stranded was just part of the job
MAX paratransit driver warmed a path through Jan. 28 snow that helped parents pick up their students and teachers get home.
Estraleata Rudolph, left, a MAX paratransit driver for 15 years, receives a certificate from Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority board chair Joyce E. Brooks during BJCTA's Feb. 26 meeting. Rudolph used the heat generated by her bus to melt a path for parents and teachers at Wenonah High Schoo...Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, March 10, 2014 8:17:11 AM
$59M Pizitz project could get boost from the City of Birmingham
The long-anticipated renovation of the Pizitz building in downtown Birmingham again became a reality in May 2013.
Now the project, which is expected to begin construction this summer, may also include a $5.1 million agreement from the city of Birmingham.
AL.com reports that Birmingham's Budget and Finance Committee will discuss the deal at a meeting on Monday. That $5.1 million would include $1.9 million for infrastructure upgrades near the building and a $3.2 million U.S. Department of ...Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, March 10, 2014 8:01:00 AM
Attorneys Insurance Mutual Celebrates 25 Years
Birmingham based Attorneys Insurance Mutual plans to observe 25 years of serving Alabama attorneys by arranging special events to its insureds. In 2011 AIM extended its services to include attorneys in Tennessee.Member Suggestion at Monday, March 03, 2014 10:38:33 AM
Medicine in Motion
Medicine in Motion
A Spin Through UAB’s New Cyclotron
By Matt Windsor Imagine you want to find tiny outposts of cancer, track the growth of Alzheimer’s plaques, or detect early signs of heart disease—things that you just can’t do with a traditional MRI or CT scan. One way would be to attach a homing device to a normal body compound, like glucose, insert it into a patient, and see where it goes. That’s positron emission tomography (PET) imaging in a nutshell. The first step is m...UAB Magazine at Tuesday, February 25, 2014 8:56:11 AM
Thinking Globally, Acting Locally
Students practice collaborative community outreach in Birmingham in preparation for solving the world's problems.
By Rosalind Fournier Kathryn Van Marter-Sanders is preparing for a career in the Peace Corps with a master’s degree from the UAB School of Public Health. But before she travels abroad, the second-year student has already tackled real community health problems in Birmingham as part of the UAB Interprofessional Global Health Service Learning (IGHSL) program. The program, ...UAB Magazine at Monday, February 24, 2014 2:31:10 PM
Navigating a New Normal
Young Breast Cancer Survivors Find Support and Strength
By Nancy Mann Jackson
After two mastectomies and reconstruction surgery, La'Rhonda Scott struggled with returning to a normal life until she discovered the Young Breast Cancer Survivorship Network.
La’Rhonda Scott was diagnosed with breast cancer at 31 years old. The single mother underwent two mastectomies and reconstruction surgery, along with the accompanying emotional turmoil, ...UAB Magazine at Monday, February 10, 2014 1:17:47 PM
State of Education
UAB Alumni Serve As Alabama’s Top Teachers
By Javacia Harris Bowser
Alabama Teacher of the Year is much more than a title on a plaque. It’s a reward that carries great responsibility for the winning educators, who become the voice of teachers across the state. Here, three UAB School of Education alumni who have received the prestigious honor describe their time as education advocates.
Changing the Conversation
Since May 2013, when Alison Grizzle , Ed.D., became Alabama T...UAB Magazine at Wednesday, January 29, 2014 7:18:10 AM
First Steps for a New Generation of Cancer Leaders
By Gail Allyn Short
UAB's CaRES program is designed to attract a new generation of cancer researchers by pairing graduate students with UAB investigators. Ayesha Bryant (left), who now heads UAB clinical research in thoracic surgery, was a CaRES intern in graduate school. Last summer she worked with medical resident Patrick Yu (right). Michael Behring, M.S.P.H., had never considered a career as a cancer researcher. But one...UAB Magazine at Thursday, January 16, 2014 7:19:00 PM
Witness to History
Student Film Preserves a Unique Birmingham Story
By Clair McLafferty
Clarence Lockett (photo: Razaq Kadri) Clarence Lockett started out as a theatre student focusing on screenwriting. But it was a true-life story that pulled him into filmmaking and changed his college and career goals. He has always been a good storyteller, he says, and naturally took to screenwriting, but after transferring to UAB from Miles College, he began taking filmmaking classes in UAB’s College of...UAB Magazine at Friday, January 10, 2014 8:53:22 AM
One of a Kind
Unique UAB Programs Prepare Students for Hot Careers
By Tara Hulen Tiffany Holloway found her niche in a sweet spot between cells and sales. As a high school student, she explored materials sciences, biology, and other disciplines in a program run by UAB's Center for Community OutReach Development. For a career, however, she wanted to balance the challenge of science with an outlet for her outgoing personality. "I was looking for something that involves people and problem solving," say...UAB Magazine at Tuesday, December 17, 2013 1:58:26 PM
Blazer Juggles Basketball, Graduate School
By Grant Martin
Karl Moton In the final season of his career, UAB basketball player Karl Moton Jr. earned an athletic scholarship, a bachelor's degree, and a postgraduate scholarship to study exercise science at the UAB School of Education . He was honored in the Blazers' final home game of the 2012-2013 season as one of three departing seniors. The easy thing to do would be to accept the applause and say goodbye to basketball—to c...UAB Magazine at Wednesday, December 11, 2013 11:46:21 AM